Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (25 - 31 July 2017)
Over the past week, torrential monsoon rains and floods have continued to affect Assam and Gujarat states. Since 19 July, two major floods affected 29 districts in Assam causing severe damage to houses and agricultural land. Over 165,000 people have been affected, with 76 deaths reported. In Gujarat, 94 people have reportedly been killed. As of 28 July, Gujarat State authorities are providing assistance to 18,000 people inside relief camps, while 58 relief camps in Assam are serving 11,600 people. The Indian Armed Forces and civil society organizations are supporting the Government-led response. No international assistance has been requested.
Monsoon rains have caused seasonal floods in Myanmar.
Around 40,000 people were estimated to still be displaced as of 28 July, after flood waters had receded according to the Government’s Relief and Resettlement Department. The total cumulative number of people temporarily displaced/evacuated since the beginning of July stands at over 140,000. The Government, state authorities, military, Myanmar Red Cross Society and INGOs have been providing assistance.
From January to the end of July 2017, more than 173,000 people across Afghanistan were forcibly displaced due to conflict, an increase of 5,400 people since last week. More than 70 humanitarian organizations are providing assistance to displaced families across the country. Overall, displacements are lower compared with 2016, when nearly 845,000 people were displaced in the first seven months of the year.
New landslides occurred in Chittagong Hill Tracts and neighboring districts during the last week. Monsoon rains are aggravating the situation, restricting affected communities’ access to assistance. National authorities are sheltering around 1,500 people affected by previous landslides, providing cash and food packages. Humanitarian partners are providing food security, health, protection, shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene services to 18,000 people. The US$10 million landslide response plan is 22 per cent funded.
In nearby Cox’s Bazar District, blanket supplementary feeding is not yet available in the Balukhali settlement where Rohingya people are living and high rates of malnutrition have been reported. Funding is urgently needed to launch the nutrition programme.
As of 31 July, southwest monsoon rains enhanced by Tropical Storm Haitang caused landslides in Benguet province. About 500 people in Benguet, Mountain Province and Baguio City were pre-emptively evacuated and are staying with neighbours or relatives.
No deaths or injuries have been reported. On 27 July, flooding also caused by southwest monsoon rains enhanced by Tropical Storm Nesat also displaced nearly 700 people in Valenzuela and Malabon (National Capital Region). The Government is not requesting assistance and is coordinating with local disaster management authorities for relief efforts.
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